Book Title: Fangirl
Book Series: Standalone
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Date Published: August 2013
Genre: Young Adult Book
Summary: A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.
Cath is a Simon Snow fan.
Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…
But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?
Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
I picked up this book initially because Rainbow Rowell’s book Carry On is becoming popular here in the Philippines that time. I found out that Fangirl and Carry On are like “companion books” so I chose to read Fangirl first as suggested in one of the comments I read about it last September. Also that time, I was in for a chill contemporary kind of read since I was reading a lot of Fantasy books that I wanted a temporary diversion from that.
I actually have high hopes for this book since the hype with Carry On was so strong that time. I actually don’t know what Carry On was about and didn’t bother researching about it since well — the hype game is so strong and the book cover is very up my taste and that Rainbow Rowell, that name is enough for me to get my hands on this book.
It wasn’t until I read Fangirl that I realized Carry On is a story about gays. Not that I’m against it, don’t get me wrong because I accept LGBT community soooo much, but it’s just that whenever I read a book, I always envision myself to be the main character (hahaha). If you’re not aware or noticed, I read books that a girl is usually the main character and that I am very obsessed with romantic genre. Even if the romance part is just a back burner on certain books, it’s still there somewhere in the story. So you see, I can’t envision myself liking another girl because heck I am straight! It’s just a no no for me — a personal preference kind of thing. Because, who doesn’t like to be the protagonist in a story even for just a little while? Hahaha
Well, Fangirl… Hmmm..I am sorry but I’m not — that I gave it a 1 out of 5. If you’ve read my other book reviews, I am very much generous with my reviews and I am easily swoon and usually forgiving with my ratings. Seriously… Cath is so ANNOYING! WEIRD! NERD! and yes… SO WEIRD!!! I AM a bookworm myself but I am still NORMAL!!! I mean, the way she thinks isn’t NORMAL! Maybe some people are like her in real life but damn I never met one in my life! I’ll run down some for you:
1.) She hated Wren, her twin, because she’s living LIFE (goes to parties just like any other freshmen or teenagers in the world, experience and welcomes new friends in her life, gets out of her comfort zone and defies the norm, and MOVES FORWARD).
2.) Cath is extremely socially awkward to the point that having NEW friends is such a LAME idea for her. It’s her personal choice, reasoning, and mentality that ticked me off.
3.) She wants to BE WORRIED all the time or else she’ll feel useless. Come on??
4.) She has this fiction writing class but yet she rejects the basic principle of fiction writing class, or ANY OTHER class for that matter — do not commit copy right infringement. Your work has to be ORIGINAL and should have not been out of someone else’s work (thesis 101). She’s in a class and she’s being irrational taking her advisor’s lecture on that. If you won’t comply and you think you’re better off than that institution then better drop out or should have not attended school at all. So close minded and immature. Duh?
5.) She’s acting like a sainty saint, conservative whatever but then she kisses her roommate’s fling or something? And her roommate, Raegan, I LOVE HER! She’s strong, very true to herself, BAD ASS and yet she accepted Cath for her weirdness. Oil and water does not mix well, we know that, but Raegan was able to make that work with Cath (she’s that type of person who doesn’t care about other else’s shits because she’s so secured of her own thing). She’s the first and maybe only new girl in Cath’s life that has ever accepted and understood her throughout this book.
This book is extremely SLOW PACED, and I mean — turtle paced kind of read. It’s boring — yeah I’ll put it out there. However, I loved Rainbow Rowell’s writing but this story isn’t just for me. Maybe in another life, in another age, in another setting — I would have loved this book but the ME now, ain’t happening. I literally just skimmed 70% all the way to the ending hoping something I might see would flicker an interest or a miracle — but it didn’t happen.
And Levi… What are you getting yourself into? I love you man for truly being a gentleman and accepting Cath as she was even when Cath is usually irrational about small things like you carrying her laundry and she would snap because you carrying her laundry for her makes her look weak? Come on!!! I get that Cath is used to taking care of people and not the other way around but still, the way she acted in there ticked me off. So immature.